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Research on progressing the realisation of children’s right to be heard through social and digital media

This research identifies the opportunities and the main barriers to the appropriate and effective mobilisation of social and digital media for progressing children’s right to be heard by public policy-makers, United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, General Comment No. 12 (2009) on the right of the child to be heard.

The project focuses attention on public bodies in Ireland and specifically how digital technologies and ICTs may be mobilised to advance children’s right to be heard by public policy-makers and public service providers when they are developing, implementing and reviewing legislation, public policies and public services that impact on the individual and collective lives of children and young people under 18 years of age. The research should synthesise good practice models and examples of the appropriate use of social and digital media for making children’s voices heard that can be used as guidance and underpin corresponding recommendations on the steps required to achieve this aim.

The researchers for the project are Prof Brian O’Neill, Dr Kevin Lalor, Dr Sinead Freeman and Dr Thuy Dinh